MU FRTI Courses Available

Due to the dynamic change in funding for Firefighter training all courses may be eligible for funding from either contracts or grants. In the absence of either contracts or grants all courses in this catalog can still be provided, but a fee will be required. Contact your Regional Training Coordinator or MU FRTI for more information regarding course fees.


Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF)

The Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Trainer (MAFT) provides an opportunity for Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) to "Train as They'll Fight." Funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the operation of the mobile training unit is coordinated by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute. Training with the Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Trainer allows ARFF personnel to train with their equipment and standard operating procedures. By training at home, ARFF personnel can train with mutual aid fire departments and learn together the procedures and techniques needed to save lives when an aircraft accident/incident occurs.


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Business and Industry

These courses have been developed to meet the needs of the private sector. They incorporate industry emergency response plans and operational procedures that are common in many businesses and industries but may be developeed and individualized for clients. Courses are conducted on-site at industrial facilities and/or host fire training facilities depending on the specific activities and skills.


Chief Officer

This section includes courses targeted for chief officers. Some courses were designed to be continuing education for executive fire officer graduates, while other courses help chief officers manage in their organization to meet the dynamic changes facing the fire service.


Company Officer

No other rank of the fire service has as much impact on new firefighters as the company officer. This section provides courses to prepare firefighters in being company officers or for those who are currently company officers provides a continuing education menu of courses to improve their officer skills.


Driver Operator

Driver training programs vary by agencies from comprehensive to basic skills. But driver training should be a critical part of any department’s training program. The position of driver, operator is arguably one of the most important positions for emergency service professionals. Arriving safetly to the the scene of the emergency is the first step towards managing the incident.


Emergency Management

The Emergency Management curriculum offers an extensive array of training opportunities for State and local emergency managers, allied emergency response organizations, public officials, members of volunteer relief organizations, and business and industry professionals in related fields. The training courses provide the skills to build local teams and coalitions that respond to natural and technological disasters. The focus is to build the knowledge and skills needed to develop and implement policies, plans, and procedures to protect life and property through applications of sound emergency management principles in all phases of emergency management.

Courses are made available through a partnership with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Institute.


Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

MU FRTI is the single largest provider in Missouri for Emergency Medical Services continuing professional education and is recognized by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services as an Accredited Training Entity. These programs provide current EMTs and paramedics an opportunity to not only learn specialized topics, but also earn CEU’s. 

MU FRTI also partners with University of Missouri Health Care EMS Education to provide EMT and Paramedic programs.


Hazardous Materials

MU FRTI offers hazardous materials and environmental emergency response training to both the public and private sectors. The public-sector emergency responder training program concentrates on offering training necessary for the safe response of fire fighters, law enforcement personnel, and EMS providers to hazardous materials emergencies. Private sector training for business and industry concentrates on OSHA requirements.

Hazardous Materials Incident Response Awareness is also available as online programs.


Inspection and Investigation

MU FRTI offers inspection and investigation training to both the public and private sectors.


Instructor Training

MU FRTI offers instructor training to further emergency responders knowledge and enhance their teaching skills. The focus of these courses are on adult learning principles and practices, teaching from prepared lesson plans, developing curriculum, supervising multiple instructors and managing a department training program.


National Incident Management System (NIMS)

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment. The NIMS model for incident management is the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized on-scene emergency management organization designed to aid in the management of resources during incidents. The ICS model is used by jurisdictions and agencies, both public and private, to organize field-level incident-management operations. ICS is sometimes referred to as the Incident Management System (IMS); the terms are interchangeable.


Online Classes

MU FRTI offers multiple courses that are adminstered and attended completely online. These courses are hosted by University of Missouri Extension and administered directly by MU FRTI. This is one more way MU FRTI provides the training you need at your conveinence.


Public Fire Education

MU FRTI offers multiple courses that address the skills and techniques needed when addressing public fire education.


Suppression and Firefighter Safety

While the number of fire responses have been dwindling in many departments the need to maintain the necessary skills for suppression is critical. On the average 100 firefighters are killed each year in the line-of-duty. Courses in this section help identify building construction considerations, improve firefighter safety and provide confidence in interior structure fire evolutions. MU FRTI offers suppression and firefighter safety training for firefighters to further their knowledge and enhance their skills.


Technical Rescue

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute offers many classes that employ the use of tools and skills that exceed those normally reserved for firefighting and emergency medical services. These disciplines are classified as techincal rescue classes and include structural collapse rescue, trench collapse rescue and many others.


Testing and Evaluation

The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute provides practical assessment and evaluation resources for clients in the fire service and education, as well as non-profit organizations, government agencies, and businesses.



Wildfire suppression courses address a range of firefighting tactics needed in order to suppress wildfires. Firefighting efforts in wildland areas require different techniques, equipment, and training from the more familiar structural firefighting. Wildfire suppression also addresses the issues of the wildland-urban interface, where populated areas border with wild land areas.

Some courses listed below are available through an agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation and meet National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) guidelines and are offered in conjunction with our annual Summer Fire School. Other NWCG topics may be available upon request.